Preventative Dentistry in Annapolis, MD
Preventative dentistry is the foundation of the dentition.
Our top Annapolis, MD dentist Dr. Polizois and his skilled hygienists work diligently to prevent dental issues from developing into serious problems that can compromise your oral health and overall wellness.
Preventative dentistry also considers restorations and management of previously-treated dental problems like periodontal disease. Our dentist does not want an issue that has already been addressed (or is being addressed) recurring, and he wants your dental restorations to last!
Twice-Yearly Dental Exams for Optimal Oral Health
The American Dental Association recommends twice-yearly dental exams to keep your teeth and gums healthy and to prevent issues like cavities, dental infections, and periodontal disease. However, if you are prone to cavities or are already under treatment for a dental problem, we customize your therapy to meet your specific needs.
At Chesapeake Bay Dentistry, we offer a comprehensive dental exam that looks at the following:
- Changes on x-rays between visits
- Screenings for any unusual lesions
- Gum recession and specific signs that may signify periodontal disease
- Worn teeth
- Bite issues
- Underlying infections
Safe Dental X-Rays and Other Advanced Technologies
Our Annapolis, MD dental office uses digital x-rays during your exam—at least once per year—which emit less radiation than traditional x-rays. In fact, you would probably pick up more radiation by standing outside for a few minutes.
These x-rays provide clear images for better diagnostics.
In some cases—and based on exam findings—Dr. Polizois utilizes 3-D cone beam imaging, which can detect potential issues earlier than x-rays.
To get an idea of why a specific therapy course is recommended, we also use intraoral cameras. These thin cameras, about the size of an oral thermometer, capture up-close images of your teeth and gums. Dr. Polizois shares the pictures with you on a monitor to better explain his findings, offer recommendations, or help you choose the best course for your oral care.
Professional Teeth Cleanings Every Six Months
Even if you have a stellar oral care routine at home—brushing and flossing after every meal—we still recommend a professional teeth cleaning in Annapolis, MD. This recommendation falls in line with the best practices put forward by the American Dental Association.
In some cases, we alter this schedule based on your unique oral health profile. In other words, you may find yourself visiting the dentist more often—and undergoing more aggressive teeth cleanings and therapies—if you suffer from periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is a series of gum infections that if left untreated can lead to tooth loss and even compromise your overall health.
Professional teeth cleanings in our dental office are gentle but effective.
Regular dental exams and cleanings in conjunction with a great oral care routine at home are the best way to help you maintain your teeth and gum health through the years.
Schedule Your Next Dental Exam
Our program is designed to help prevent cavities, preserve teeth that have been restored, and manage periodontal disease.
If you would like to schedule appointments for yourself and your family or if you have any questions about preventative dentistry in our Annapolis, MD dental office, contact us today.